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Man gets prison in Flint retirement home fire

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FLINT, Mich. (AP) -

A man who authorities say set fire to a Flint retirement home to cover up thefts from residents has been sentenced to prison.

The Flint Journal reports 28-year-old Matthew George Jones pleaded no contest to arson of a dwelling and first-degree home invasion.

The Mount Morris Township man was sentenced Monday to 5 to 20 years in prison. A no contest plea is not an admission of guilt, but is treated as such for sentencing purposes.

Prosecutors say Jones set the August 2012 fire at Rosehaven Manor after stealing jewelry, money and other items from residents while working as a security guard. The fire was in the same building where officials battled a blaze April 22, 2012, that destroyed 36 units.

Pawn shop receipts were evidence in the case.

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